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Friday 9 October 2015

Stormont to power down for the planet

By Anna Maguire

Published 28/02/2012

How it might look: Stormont in complete darkness
How it might look: Stormont in complete darkness

Darkness will descend on the ‘folks on the hill’ next month.

But it is not a political maelstrom or creaking Government finances spurring the March 31 blackout.

At 8.30pm, Stormont Buildings will follow iconic landmarks worldwide in an act of global solidarity to mark Earth Hour.

From the Eiffel Tower to the Pyramids of Eygpt, hundreds of millions of people will cut their power for the campaign.

Anna Lo, chair of Stormont’s environment committee, signed us up to the global event yesterday — the largest act of mass participation of its kind.

Ms Lo said: “This is a chance for Northern Ireland and its people to take part in what has become the world’s largest participation event, and I am proud that the Assembly is playing a leading role in it.”

Environment Minister Alex Attwood said Earth Hour will |provide time out to reflect on the toll modern life takes on our planet.

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